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[ek-spi-dish-uh n] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ ən/
an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity:
a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
promptness or speed in accomplishing something:
He worked with great expedition.
Origin of expedition
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin expedītiōn- (stem of expedītiō) a (military) traveling. See expedite, -ion
Related forms
preexpedition, noun
1. See trip1 . 3. quickness, dispatch, alacrity. Unabridged
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  • The pails were provided, and Robert started on his expedition.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Lake Torrens was reached, and then the difficulties of the expedition began.

  • It was a very good season, but the expedition was too late in starting.

  • His expedition, which left Copenhagen in 1761, lasted six years.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • That clinging mist seemed of evil bodement for our expedition.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for expedition


an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
the people and equipment comprising an expedition
a pleasure trip; excursion
promptness in acting; dispatch
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expedītiō, from expedīre to prepare, expedite
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Word Origin and History for expedition

early 15c., "military campaign; the act of rapidly setting forth," from Middle French expédition (13c.) and directly from Latin expeditionem (nominative expeditio), noun of action from past participle stem of expedire (see expedite). Meaning "journey for some purpose" is from 1590s. Sense by 1690s also included the body of persons on such a journey. Related: Expeditionary.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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